State Constitution, 1842 (JPEG Image, 137.84 KB)
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Image of the cover page of the official record of the State Constitution of 1842. The constitution was ratified in November 1842 after the Dorr Rebellion, and the constitution became effective in May 1843. Prior to this time, the state was governed by the original royal charter granted in 1663 even after American independence in 1776. Much of the text of the 1663 charter language was adopted in the 1843 version.
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